Saturday, 27 June 2015

Big Finish Classic Doctors, New Monsters... and River Song!

Big Finish brings the Weeping Angels, Judoon, and Sycorax (and the new Sontarans) to face Five, Six, Seven, Eight!

The pairing of the Judoon against Six seems like a comfortable fit - shouty and authoritarian versus shouty and anti-authoritarian. The Sycorax have the right creepy vibe for Seven, although the Weeping Angels were my choice when I imagined such meetings five years ago(!) - they might be tricky in audio, however...

And... River Song as well. So yes, their licence has changed a bit.

I imagine David Tennant is waiting by the phone.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Thursday, 18 June 2015


Two hundred years ago, the Napoleonic era ended pretty decisively. The Telegraph describes the Battle of Waterloo as it happened in this timeline.

The Guardian counts down the top ten fictional characters taking part in their own versions from Byron’s Childe Harold just a year later to Jonathan Strange causing the rain ten years ago and on TV last Sunday.

The Doctor has met various people involved but so far stayed off the battlefield himself.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Magna Carta

Today is the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the first bill of rights, a sufficiently big deal that there are events marking it, an animated Google Doodle (I would totally watch this cartoon), films on the subject, and the Master tried to steal it.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

A photo of the cast shooting for the new series inspires a joke

I will place said image behind a spoiler wall though it spoils little for it is still a vision of the future.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Women's World Cup 2015

A new Google Doodle shows the start of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, hosted in Canada, while FIFA is in... some trouble. This is a less commercially overblown show than the male equivalent, so it could generate some good publicity.

Football’s main effect on Doctor Who was usually an overrunning Grandstand delaying the occasional episode, until Matt Smith took over the role. Having been near a professional football career himself, his footwork in The Lodger was all him. (This was after the Tenth Doctor did it in the DWM comics, and that in turn followed The Nightmare Game for the Eighth Doctor being influenced equally by Roy Of The Rovers and The Thing.)

Still, the Doctor likes a big show. A Worlds Cup wouldn’t seem out of place.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Steven Moffat on changing the Time War

New DWM! And comments from Steven Moffat getting into the genre newsfeeds, such as io9.

“My defence, however feeble, is that given the chance, the Doctor would do exactly that.”

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Explain this crossover

The real explanation that Karen Gillan was a guest at a convention this weekend is of course too easy.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Sally Ride

The Mary Sue discusses the Google Doodle celebrating Sally Ride, NASA pioneer, the first American woman in space among her other achievements.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The Four Doctors preview

The first six pages, a prologue, to the multi-modern-Doctor crossover comic written by Paul Cornell.


Friday, 15 May 2015

"That's the way Doctor Who works"

Steven Moffat on Doctor Who, childhood fears, female Doctors, the awkwardness of stars going to make movies and more at the ten years of new Who Q&A.

“That’s the way Doctor Who works. It’s all about the childish terrors and it’s all about being quite positive about them because we fill our show with monsters but the show is about a man who can fight monsters without becoming one.”

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Rory travels in time again!

Arthur Darvill plays time traveller Rip Hunter in DC TV series Legends Of Tomorrow alongside Brandon Routh as the Atom, Caity Lotz as White Canary, Ciara Renee as Hawkgirl, Franz Drameh as, er, someone, the guys from Prison Break as Flash bad guys and Victor Garber as half of Firestorm.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

At The Earth's Core

An animated Google Doodle celebrates the 127th birthday of Inge Lehmann, the Danish seismologist who figured out the way the core of the Earth actually works. To this day alien invaders in the Whoniverse keep trying to steal the core, which seems rather unsafe for all concerned.